Governor Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have granted unemployment benefits to workers on strike. The bill was supported by unions, most Democrats as well as the Writers Guild and SAG/AFTRA, but opposed by business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce.
The bill was passed by the legislature earlier in September before heading to Newsom’s desk. Supporters are disappointed with the veto. Opponents said the unemployment department is underwater and owes the federal government around eighteen billion dollars.